The Harimau Muda gaffer was happy with three points, but not totally pleased with the performance from his players
Datuk Ong Kim Swee, the head coach of the Young Tigers, wants his team to perform better in the next game despite defeating Brunei 2-0 in their opening game of the SEA Games.
According to him, he was happy with the three points but believes that his players should’ve done better with the chances that they had.
Speaking after the game, Kim Swee said “When you do not take your chances, you give your opponents confidence for them to strive on. The important thing is we got the three points and we will rest before we face Laos so hopefully we will be better by then.”
Malaysia U-23's started their campaign of retaining their gold medal with a comfortable enough win over Brunei, though many expected that the team would score more goals, especially with so many chances wasted by the team’s attacking lines.
Kim Swee also added that the players were also disappointed with the result, but hope to do a better job against Laos.
The Malacca-born coach also praised for their opponents, claiming that Brunei were tougher than he expected.
“Their number seven, Muhammad Azwan Ali Rahman, was exceptional but luck was not on his side,” added Ong Kim Swee.
Malaysia will play their second game against Laos, before facing two big challenges in the group, against Singapore and Vietnam respectively, which will determine their fate for the rest of the competition.